WAKEFIELD —South County Hospital has announced that it has achieved its second Pathway to Excellence re-designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The designation, which the hospital first earned in 2012, recognizes facilities that create positive work environments for nurses and have high nurse satisfaction and retention. The center is a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, based in Silver Spring, Md.
“We are committed to creating an environment where nurses excel and feel valued as integral members of the health care team,” said Anne Schmidt, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer. The designation is based on six practice standards and 69 elements of performance, which include shared decision-making, leadership, safety, quality, and professional development. Organizations that earn the distinction undergo a review and demonstrate integration of the standards into management and operational policies. Nurses also take part in a survey.